Architecture in Helsinki w/Hooray for Earth!

It’s been ages since I’ ve done a show review.

Ever since became defunct, so did I it seems.

Last night I went to a show that made me wonder why I haven’t been to a show in so long.  Right, Sunday evenings when you have to work Mondays and you’re drinking 151 and Diet Coke isn’t such a good idea, but bands that you love are.

First up Hooray for Earth – where on earth did they come from? Why haven’t they been on my playlist? Be still my partially beating heart they made me almost shed a tear. Definitely tinges of M83 sounds paired with a little A Place to Bury Strangers, and maybe some Depeche Mode. But they are their own and they are to be loved. Like I said to the band, they create sexual music, and you can feel it. All I know is that the people need to know about Hooray for Earth, and Vancouver, I am here to tell you to listen to them.

Architecture in Helsinki of course totally shined. I remember when I first heard them in 2007 and it was a ‘what the fuck moment’ and I totally fell in love. Of course, the song I was totally waiting for – Contact High was the last song. A good ending to the night. Great performers and a total dance a thon with my feet.

Both of these bands are not for everyone and I immediately figured that out when people asked me what show I was going to, and I was met with a very confused look. Yo, not Finland. They’re from Australia. Tons of Australians at the show too, which was awesome.

Next to the Jens Lekman show I went to a couple years ago, this is definitely one of the best shows I’ve been to in my show career.

My favourite part of the evening was when I randomly went up to someone and asked them why they weren’t dancing and their reply was “This is Vancouver, they don’t dance.” Don’t be that person that doesn’t dance when the music MAKES YOU WANT TO DANCE. Vancouver, I love you, but every single show I’ve been to was met with bobbing heads and tapping feet. Just move your fucking bodies, it’s not that hard. And it’s fun and you make people smile, so DANCE! The 4 of us took it to the floor and I think at least the 2 of us danced.

Thanks to Architecture in Helsinki and Hooray for Earth for putting on amazing show. Vancouver needs more of your types kicking up the dust.

Watch Hooray for Earth’s ‘True Loves’ video here :  True Loves

My Photographs, click after the jump (which didn’t turn out so good, so disappointed):

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Getting my Health on.

Recently I made a decision in my life that will impact it in a good way.

I decided to change my Dr. I felt that my relationship with my Dr. was stale and he wasn’t listening to my needs/wants/concerns as much as he could have. I spent an average of about 10 minutes with him each visit. I felt rushed and not able to voice myself as I constantly felt rushed, which in turn made me feel like a hypochondriac.

The day they called me to tell me my Pap Smear was ‘Unsatisfactory’ and to come back in 6 months was the day I called the UBC Health Clinic to make an appointment where someone would hopefully listen to me and my history.

To me, waiting 6 months to get checked again was.. flabbergasting really. What if something was wrong? What if I had a tumor? What if what if what if? Not wanting to wait for the what if’s of life, I had my appointment at UBC. Their general rule is that you see a different student or resident Dr. every time, but I got lucky and now have a new family Dr.  Being that I do need consistency in my life – and respectful of that, my shiny new Dr. is a wom

an. And maybe being a woman has nothing to do with it, but my first appointment with her was an hour. My second appointment was 45 minutes. She had to collect my history and also suss me out a bit I’m sure.

Can you imagine someone sitting down and listening to you and trying to figure things out for 45 minutes? I couldn’t have either.

I am so relieved to have someone who is willing to listen to my concerns. The only problem is now doing a bunch of tests that I’ve done before, but doing them with someone who is willing to say “Hey your iron levels are really low, showing that you’re anemic, so let’s do something about it.” This was a test result that my ex-Dr. HAD and I guess didn’t think that maybe I was tired all the time due to this? Something so simple and so fixable. An iron pill a day for anemia, who would have thought?!

I’m getting a bunch of blood tests done for various issues and well I’m on the road to figuring out what my body is telling me. And maybe it won’t tell me anything. My Dr. is also willing to say “Hey they have a department for this at the University, are you interested?” And BAM just like that I can talk to other people who have the same problem and get advice and oh my gosh, it’s a whole new life for me now.

I am also thankful for my counsellor who listens to me as well. I have 2 women in my life that are amazing and want to ‘fix’ me, but I have to help them along the way a little bit.